It’s the start of a new T20 international series, and you have just returned to fitness to lead your country into battle.
You walk out to the middle to do the toss, and just after the introductions, what do you do? You bring in your lieutenant to spin the coin for the toss – because it didn’t go your way in the previous game.
And it works! That was what happened to Proteas captain Faf du Plessis in the first T20 clash against Zimbabwe at Buffalo Park in East London on Tuesday.
Du Plessis called on JP Duminy to spin the coin, as the latter had won both tosses as the stand-in captain during the ODI series, and Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza incorrectly called heads.
The two South Africans couldn’t believe their luck, sharing a high five – especially as Duminy wasn’t even playing on the day.
But is it legal for someone other than the captain to spin the coin?
Well, it seems to be the case in the ICC law book.
Clause 1.3.3 of the playing conditions for T20 Internationals states the following: “At any time after the nomination of the players, only a nominated player can act as deputy in discharging the duties and responsibilities of the captain as stated in these Playing Conditions, including at the toss.”
But one wonders if Du Plessis would be so daring to bring in Duminy as his “specialist coin-tosser”, as he described the left-hander, in a more high-profile game – such as a World Cup semi-final!
Watch the toss below:
Captain Faf du Plessis (with a helping hand from JP Duminy) won the toss for South Africa and elected to bat in the 1st @KFCSA T20I against @ZimCricketv. #SAvZIM #ProteaFire #KFCT20 pic.twitter.com/V2U0X3LiCL— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 9, 2018